Sigma Alpha Iota was founded on June 12, 1903 at the University School of Music, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Our founders are Elizabeth Campbell, Minnie Davis Sherrill, Frances Caspari, Leila Farlin Laughlin, Nora Crane Hunt, Georgina Potts, and Mary Storrs Andersen (pictured in order below).


The first extension as a national fraternity came when requests from student groups brought the installation of the Beta Chapter, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois in December 1904, the Gamma Chapter, American Conservatory, Chicago, Illinois in November 1906, and the Delta Chapter, Detroit Conservatory, Detroit, Michigan in March 1907.

Since 1903, Sigma Alpha Iota has grown to be an influence on the musical community. Active collegiate and alumni chapters of SAI have been established across the United States. SAI has many publications, including a quarterly fraternity journal, Pan Pipes, and SAI’s national newsletter, Tempo!

SAI also has an active philanthropic organization, Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc. Created in 1974 as a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization, is the charitable arm of Sigma Alpha Iota, international music fraternity. Its mission is to promote all aspects of music creation, performance and scholarship; and encourage service for and through music on the campus, in the community, in the nation, and throughout the world.